Fellow travellers in Spanish print cultures of the Transition: the case of Trocha. Cuadernos Mensuales del Colectivo de la Historieta (1977-1978)

Lázaro-Reboll, Antonio (2019) Fellow travellers in Spanish print cultures of the Transition: the case of Trocha. Cuadernos Mensuales del Colectivo de la Historieta (1977-1978). Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies, . ISSN 2474-1604. E-ISSN 2474-1612. (Submitted) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

A collective of twenty-six comics professionals (critics and scholars, scriptwriters and cartoonists, graphic artists and illustrators) came together in the self-managed publication TROCHA. Cuadernos mensuales del Colectivo de la Historieta (1977-78) to give voice and visibility to the profession and to propagate a type of comic that was adult, responsible and critical. Despite dying a very early death with the distribution of only a total of eight issues between May 1977 and March 1978, TROCHA did not only circulate against the backdrop of rapid and momentous historical changes in Spain, namely the holding of democratic elections (15 June 1977), the passing of the Amnesty Law (15 October 1977), and the signing of the Moncloa Pacts (25 October 1977) but also contributed to the drawing of a transition to democracy aligned to left-wing ideology and critical of official imagery and rhetoric. Through a detailed description and examination of this publication – its history, its members, and its contents, the aim of the article is threefold: firstly, to provide a picture of the individual and collective production populating its pages as well as delineating the artistic trajectories of the cultural producers converging in it; secondly, to map the networks and creative alliances coalescing around it in order to trace the interconnectedness of the collective with contemporaneous local print cultures; and, thirdly, to read the stories and styles published in TROCHA as a product of their time (that is, a cultural barometer of its historical, political and social milieu). As carriers of unofficial cultural discourses, publications such as TROCHA engaged with the ‘here and now’ of the Spanish Transition in a critical – yet ephemeral – form. Moving beyond narrow discussions of individual magazines, this article argues for their reframing and rereading as part of broader popular print cultures and zones of production urged by collective experience and resistance and by shared cultural practices with a view to shed light – and cast shadows – over crucial period of recent Spanish history.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Hispanic Studies
Depositing User: Antonio Lazaro-Reboll
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2018 13:10 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2018 10:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/71027 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lázaro-Reboll, Antonio: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1356-5054
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